Meet our Students

Annabella

Annabella, age 5

When Bella was in utero, doctors discovered that she had extra fluid on her brain. After she was born, her parents started seeing delays and Bella was diagnosed with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment) which is a decreased visual response due to a neurological problem affecting the visual part of the brain. Since coming to CCVI, Bella has progressed. 

"All the seeds the teachers and therapist have planted in Bella are now growing. We know she's getting what she needs from every single person that's at CCVI, you can't go just anywhere and get that treatment. Bella has been such a blessing to our family, teaching us about resilience, teaching us how to be brave, take things with a smile. She's just so strong. She's just the light in our house. I'm so grateful to be here at CCVI with Bella." - Johanna, Bella's Mom

Caleb, age 5

Caleb is the youngest of four, was born a beautiful healthy baby. At two months old he was diagnosed with a bilateral optic nerve coloboma which is a congenital eye abnormality in which the optic nerve is incompletely formed. This condition affects less than 1 in 10,000 children. At CCVI, Caleb receives speech-language pathology, occupational and physical therapy, Orientation & Mobility sessions and is taught by certified Teachers for the Visually Impaired.   

"CCVI is able to bring a team around Caleb and around us as a family. There's a feeling of desperation looking at your child's future and not knowing what it is going to look like. I needed someone to bring hope and CCVI brought that hope and my hope is that CCVI will be there for another family like ours when they need it the most." - Jill, Caleb's Mom

Lily and Harper, age 5

Lily and Harper are twin sisters who were born two months early. Shortly after Lily was born, she got an E. coli infection which caused significant damage to different areas of her brain and she was diagnosed with CVI. Doctors and therapists told her parents all the things she wouldn't be able to do. Her parents didn't know if they'd be able to ask a question and get a response or tell them how she's feeling. Today, Lily is having conversations.

"Without CCVI, she wouldn't be as far as she is now. Until you're a parent of that or you're thrust into that position, you don't know how those children learn or what they need, you just do your best. These people here are the best and they do the best for these kids. CCVI has the whole package and I can't thank them enough." - Brant and Kristie, Lily and Harper's parents

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